Mindfulness is not a one-time thing, it's a journey of a thousand-steps. Whether you're just starting out or have been practicing for years, the path can be really intimidating sometimes! The goal of these mindfulness coaching sessions is for me to support you in navigating through the challenges that will inevitably come up in your practice so that you can continue to step forward.
These are one-on-one sessions that allow me to provide individualized support on areas that of are interest and importance to you. By principle I offer these at no cost, and accept donations only once the session is done. All sessions are currently be done by Zoom or by phone depending on your preference.
For more information, please read the FAQ below.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the structure of each session?
Sessions are one-on-one and are anywhere from 20-30 minutes long, depending on what you need support with. We will generally start with a brief check in to see how your practice is going and what questions you have. We will then do a guided practice of about 10-15 minutes. We will end to with an opportunity for you to ask any other final questions.
2. What can I ask about?
You can ask me anything related to your mindfulness practice. Sometimes people talk about difficulties that they are having, such as falling asleep or finding the find time to do it. People who are starting out might want to get tips on how to sit during practice or when to practice. If you want to learn more about different kinds of practices, we can talk about that too. If I can't answer something myself I can try to point you in the right direction!
3. What kind of practices do you do during session?
It depends on what you need help with in that moment. I will almost always start any guided meditation with a grounding portion. Other practices might include awareness of breath, awareness of posture, awareness of thoughts/emotions, joy/equanimity practice, compassion/kindness practice, and ancestral strength practice. I can also guide more informal (not sitting on a cushion) practices like mindful walking and mindful movement. I will never guide you through anything that I haven't done myself!
4. Can I learn more about Buddhism with you?
My repertoire has mostly been in secular mindfulness practices thus far as I have found it to be accessible to a wider range of folks. If you have general questions about Buddhism I can answer from my own experience or point you to resources to learn more.
5. Do you also share resources?
Absolutely! I am more than happy to share relevant books, articles, videos, podcasts, guided recordings, and programs to you after our session is done.
6. Can I have more than one session with you?
Absolutely. You can reach out whenever you want a session, and if you'd like to have more regular sessions we can arrange that too.
7. How do I set up a session with you?
Please fill out the message form on the contact page. You can let me know that you're interested in mindfulness coaching and explain what you would like support with. After I receive your message I will reach out to you to find a time to meet. If it is on Zoom, I will send you the Zoom link. If you prefer by phone, you can provide me with your phone number and I will call you at our arranged time.
8. Why do you not charge for this?
Mindfulness has its roots in Buddhism, and in accordance to tradition, I offer these services at no cost. I believe that this helps keep the purity of the teachings alive. My own core teaching has come from centers which operate solely on the basis of generosity, and since I have benefited so much from them, I want to continue along in this same spirit.
9. How do I make a donation?
If you felt that the session has benefited you, and you wish to offer a donation as an act of generosity, you are welcome to make a donation either through Venmo (@MyNgoc-To) or Paypal (paypal.me/myngocto).